Sunday 26 April 2015

Freshly Made Sketches #183 and ColourQ Challenge #288

Hello my friends,

This is my entry to the Freshly Made Sketches #183
and to the ColourQ Challenge #288.

This card was Princess of Clean in FMS and
was chosen as ColourQ at the ColourQ.

The inspiration to this card comes from a few challenges. I started to make this card to The Paper Players watercolour challenge but when I started to submit it I noticed that I had missed the deadline. I took the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the colours from ColourQ. I have to admit that there is a bit of grey in the background because while making this I remembered the colours wrong. I thought the grey was in the colours, I am entering this anyway since grey is one of the neutrals and I could have achieved the same look with second generation stamping with black ink. But if the ladies at ColourQ interpret my colours differently, please remove my card from the gallery. I just love the look of these butterfliers - the embossed white veins are think are so beautiful. This stamp is so detailed that it was a pleasure to colour these.

I will enter this into the challenges:
Freshly Made Sketches #183 - the sketch
ColourQ Challenge #288 - the colours

Stamps: Flora and Fauna 2 and Borders and Backgrounds 3 by Wplus9
Dies: Hand Lettered Thanks Die by Wplus9
Inks: Versamark, Pure Color Fairy Dust by Wplus9
Papers: Canson 180gms Watercolour Paper, Neenah Solar White 80lb, Neenah Desert Storm 80lb, Papermani Textured Card Stock 180gms
Embellishments: Neat and Tangled Spring Mix Sequins

Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful day!


CAS(E) this Sketch #120, Throwback Thursday #3 and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

 Hi Everyone!

This is my entry to the CAS(E) this Sketch #120, Throwback Thursday #3
Inkspirational #81.

I've been anxiously waiting for my parcel from Wplus9 to arrive and it finally arrived this Monday. I was so amazed how fast it was shipped (within 2 hours after I placed my order). Delivery to Helsinki was quite fast (about a week) BUT then the parcel was held at the customs and it took almost two weeks to get here... You might be able to believe that every afternoon I was waiting the post to come like a little kid at  Christmas and every time I was disappointed. Just knowing that the parcel is just sitting at the customs to be declared kind of made me crazy... Well, it arrived and my girls and I were as happy to go through all the stuff that we had ordered. My girl wanted to colour the Miss you lots -girl and I went for this gorgeous image of a this little Chickadee. Before we started on Thursday, I went and looked up the newest challenge at the CAS(E) this Sketch. I was so amazed to see how perfectly this stamp was made for their challenge. Thanks for my friend Michele who pointed out for me who this bird really was since I think we only have his relatives living here in Europe.  I googled him and tried to stay true to his real colours, I believe he got more yellow under his chest as he might have but I doesn't really bother me - at all. 

I had a tons of fun watercolouring this image. I stamped the image with light brown ink and I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours and as I usually go for one colour and use the shades of that to colour and to add dimension and shading to my watercolours, I wanted to challenge myself to actually colour as it is meant with watercolours. While I was adding another washes of different colours and shades of those colours on top of each other, the bird started to look like a REAL bird. I was so amazed that I had just painted this, so amazed. I've never done anything like this before and I will certainly keep this card to myself. I would like to thank Dawn and Wplus9 for making this stamp since the design is all theirs - I just added the colour.

I will enter this into these challenges:
Inkspirational  #81 - Space - I have lots of white space in my card

Stamps: A new day by Wplus9
Paper: Canson 180gms watercolour paper, Colour Me 180gms card stock (grey)
Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours: no. 61, 67, 32, 53, 54, 47, 44, 40, 20, 46
Derwent Inktense Pencils: Iron Blue (0840), Iris Blue (0900) (Background)

Thank you for stopping by today! See you soon! 

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Another way of watercolouring a Poppy!


I am sharing two cards today at Altenew blog. I used all the three layers of that builder stamp set and build up my watercolored flower. I was thinking of different ways to use this stamp set and when I came around this idea I immediately tried it out. I had my kids coming and going and I had about less than an half an hour to finish these images and I believe that magic is that - Do not think! When I was finished I thought, this really looks good and then I cleared the house next day and started filming. I really tried to make this second too perfect and the magic was gone. But I edited the video anyway, I hope you got the idea how I made it. Here are the cards:

The first one made with without thinking too much

A second one made with my punctilious mind.

Here is my how-to -video if you wish to see how I made this.

Stamps: Painted Poppy, Painted Butterflies, Birthday Greetings and Bejeweled by Altenew
Inks: Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade, Gathered Twigs, Peeled Paint, Tattered Rose and Fried Brick, Black Soot Distress, Inks, Versafine Onyx Black
Card stock: The Langton Watercolour paper 300g/m2, Papermania Textured Card Stock, WHSmith Linen Effect Paper 150gsm

Thank you for visiting. See you soon!


Monday 20 April 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch # 119, Less is More #220 and The Card Concept #33

Hello crafters!

A quick post to share this card that I made a few challenges in mind. I took the sketch from the CAS(E) this Sketch and the theme from Less is more. The colours are from the Card Concept. Here is my card:

I will enter this  card to the CAS(E) this Sketch #119,
Less is More #220 and to the Card Concept #33.
This card was CTS Favourite.

I will enter this card into these challenges:
CAS(E) this Sketch #119 - the sketch
Less is More #220 - Up up and away
The Card Concept #33 - I was inspired by the colours - Clean and Layered

Here are the graphics:

Stamps: Mary and Birch Tree Background by Purple Onion Designs, Painted Poppy (sentiment) by Altenew
Derwent Inktense Pencils: Pewter (81), Cadmiun Yellow (0210), Tan (1720), Iris Blue (0900), Willow (1900), Ink Black (2200), Tangerine (0300), Poppy Red (0400), Cherry (0510), Baked Earth (1800), Sepia Ink (2010), Oak (1730)
Card stock: Canson Multi Media Card Stock 180gsm

Thanks for visiting. See you soon!


Tuesday 14 April 2015

Guest Designer at CASology # 142

Good morning!

Today I have an honour to be a Guest Designer at CASology. 

When Melissa contacted me and ask me to be their GD for this challenge I was so thrilled but when I got the cue word I was even more excited!! How sweet it is and how wonderful cue word for a challenge when the spring has finally come! 

Here is the challenge:

Well, the first thing that I knew when I saw the word was that I am going to be doing some Purple Onion fun this time! Their stamps are just the sweetiest in my opinion. About the same time, my friend asked me if I could make a birthday card for her aunt since she is turning 60! Sweet Sixteen turned into Sweet Sixty! The recipient is also a kindergarden teacher so I kind of tried to achieve an old story book look to this card. Maybe she would like it! Here is my card:

Here is a close-up of the mouse:

Some of you have requested that I show how I colour this mouse, so this time I filmed while making this card. Hopefully you enjoy and try it on your own. I would love to see your colouring!

If you can't see it here, you can watch it in Youtube.

Stamps: Wishing (partly stamped) by Purple Onion Designs, Halftone Hello (sentiment) by Altenew.
Inks: Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks, Memento Desert Sand, Versafine Onyx Black
Derwent Inktense Pencils: Tan (1720), Saddle Brown (1740), Willow (1900), Sun Yellow (0200), Spring Green (1550), Light Olive (1540), Iris Blue (0900) Cadmiun Orange (0250), Burnt Orange (0260).
Cardstock: Canson Mix Media cards stock 200gsm, Dovecraft Back to Basics IV Designer Paper Pack 150gsm
Card base: Papermania A6 300gsm
Copic Multi Liner 0.3 Black
Wink of Stella Glitter Pen

Thank you for stopping by today and please join the fun at CASology this week! See you soon! 


Tuesday 7 April 2015

A watercoloured Poppy

Good afternoon my friends!

Today, I am at the Altenew blog to share two of my watercolored cards and a video tutorial how I painted the other one.

Stamps used: Painted Poppy and Floral Motifs (sentiment).

Here is a close-up:

If you like to see how this card came to together, here it is:

I believe this stamp set is perfect for watercoloring since it gives you the choice to go for loose and more artistic look or for more detailed look if you wish. This other one is made with Distress Inks and I didn't add that much of a detail. I only used Tattered Rose, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint and Black Soot Distress Inks for this one. 

Stamps used: Painted Poppy and Sketchy Rose (sentiment).

Stamps: Painted Poppy, Floral Motifs and Sketchy Rose by Altenew
Inks: Tattered Rose, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Tattered Rose, Black Soot, Spiced Marmelade, Rusty Hinge and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks, Versafine Onyx Black and Toffee (sentiments)
Watercolours: Kuretake Gansai Tambi no.43, 31, 33 (flower), 54,43 and 51 (stems).
Cardstock: Canson Watercolour paper 180g/m2, Papermania Textured Cardstock, Brown Inspire Me paper
Embossing Powder: Opaque Vanilla White by WOW!
ATG gun and tape
Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue
Card base: Papermania A6 300g/ms White

Thank you for stopping today and I hope you liked there. Have a wonderful day!


Saturday 4 April 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #117, CASology #140 and ColourQ #285

Good Afternoon!

This is my entry to the CAS(E) this Sketch #117, CASology #140
and ColourQ #285

This card was CTS Winner, ColourQ at the ColourQ 
and the Winner at CASology.

I made this card a few challenges and more importantly one crafting friend in mind. The sketch is from the CAS(E) this sketch and the theme is from CASology. What can be more spring than butterflies and bright, rainbow colours - at least that was what came to my mind when I thought of the word spring. And so conveniently the ColourQ almost had the colours that I would had gone anyway so I used their colour combo. Then I stopped and one particular person came into my mind who might like this card and she is my dear crafting buddy Kelly! If you haven't visit her before, I encourage you to do so. She is fabulous in her designs and colouring but the talent that I admire the most is the fabulous way how she uses bold and rich colours and she still is able to maintain CAS and very stylish look! This is for you Kelly! Thank you for your endless inspiration! 

I was kind of horrified to start to colour this since I don't think I am good at using this much different colours - I usually stick with neutrals plus one to two colours the most. I stamped the butterflies with light yellowish ink onto a watercolour paper and then watercolored the butterflies. I die cut the sentiment and out of white cardstock (yes! I finally got the courage to do this!!) and adhered four layers on top of each other to get the sentiment to pop up. The little butterflies are hand cut with scissors and then adhered with either foam tape or liquid glue. The watercolour panel is then adhered to the card base. 

I will enter this into these challenges:
CASology #140 - spring - butterflies and rainbow colours reminds me of spring
ColourQ #285 - Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Kiwi Kiss, Cool Caribbean

Stamps: Flora and Fauna 2 by Wplus9
Dies: Hand lettered Thanks by Wplus9
Inks: Antique Linen Distress Ink
Watercolour: Kuretake Gansai Tambi No. 34, 43, 33, 5, 63 and 20.
Cardstock: Daler Rowney Aquafine Watercolour paper 300g/m2, Canson Watercolour paper 180g/m2, WHSmith Linen Effect paper 150g/m2

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a wonderful Easter holidays!